Q. The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was “Don’t hire chicks.” Do you hate working with women?
A. No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.
As one who listens to his podcast, I agree with him and here's why. First, a cursory look at the comedy podcast section on iTunes tells you it's dominated by men. Go back and think about all the comedians you grew up listening to and most of them are men. And a few of the most famous comediennes have had male-like qualities. Maybe men pursue a living out of it more than women, but some evidence to support him is there. While it's my guess that his last statement to his daughter is a bit of exaggeration, he's expressing in perhaps not the most delicate way the problem of Diversity For Diversity's Sake. But he misses there because I'm sure women are welcome on writing staffs because of the Seinfeldian problem of how to write for a female character. Here's the other reason. When you're a boy growing up, competing for the affection of a girl, you've got to bring something to the table. And all those years of performing to make girls laugh builds comedy muscles. Dudes are funnier than chicks because dudes have had to be funny, funnier than other dudes who are competing for those chicks. Can I say chicks on Ricochet?